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Discussion: Tick season is coming

in: 'Bent; 'Bent > 2016-03-21

Mar 22, 2016 7:32 PM # 
Be careful out there people.
Mar 22, 2016 7:39 PM # 
Also Montevideo Mayoral season:
Mar 22, 2016 8:41 PM # 
The most common symptoms include headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Sounds like what most people feel after an extensive AR weekend...
Mar 22, 2016 10:10 PM # 
so on average 8 Ontarians will get it this year?
Apr 25, 2016 6:34 PM # 
Hug a possum today?
Apr 25, 2016 7:22 PM # 
Great news! We've started seeing occasional possums around here. Glad to know they are helping out.
Apr 25, 2016 8:02 PM # 
They creep me out... :-o
..... first 'positive' thing I've heard about them
.... eating ticks is still creepy tho'
Apr 25, 2016 8:19 PM # 
In New Zealand, people just run them over because they're invasive. They are weird looking critters. Eating ticks is better than harbouring them all over your body like moose do.
Apr 28, 2016 1:24 PM # 
NZ possums are very different from Western Hemisphere opossums - not only different species but also different orders.
Apr 28, 2016 5:29 PM # 
I didn't know that! They sure are hated over there.
Apr 28, 2016 5:59 PM # 
Does NZ have any non-invasive species (mammals)? Every mammal I can think of in NZ was brought there on a ship.
... maybe a few rodents?
Apr 28, 2016 8:34 PM # 
You made me curious. NZ's only native mammals are bats and marine mammals.
May 12, 2016 2:56 PM # 

in case you haven't seen this method... unfortunately all the ticks I've gotten (always while racing!) were in places where I couldn't do this myself my back or my scalp .... grow up Phatty :-)
May 12, 2016 3:44 PM # 
I saw that one floating around the Interwebs and wondered about it since it is so different from standard advice. Snopes says it can work in some cases but it may stimulate the tick to release infected saliva. Probably best to buy specialized tick removal tweezers. For racing, I carry the small plastic tick remover that my veterinarian uses.

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